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RE: Happijac new vs old?

That is good info to know. Nice to have someone prove the fit without speculation. I wonder why Happijac/Lippert wouldn't confirm the jack as a replacement. Thanks..
Joe417 01/18/22 09:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac new vs old?

I don't think I have any info that will help you, just the same info you've already acquired. From what I've gathered, the new vertical motor is not compatible with the old controller. You will need to replace the controller also if you use the new motors. I'm not sure if the 4820 is compatible with the old motors. I had a Texas dealer tell me they were not. The 4800 was compatible with the old motor but Lippert/Happijac seems to have discontinued them. I tried to contact Happijac quite a few times last summer to get some straight information about the 4800s but got no response from them. I assume based on their silent business practices, happijac intends to force one to buy a complete jack system. I have 4500s which I believe are rated the same as the 4600s you have. They lift my TC but I don't think they are strong enough to handle it. They make me nervous. Back in June, I started to replace my 4500s (jacks only) with the 4820s but, since I couldn't determine what happijac component may be compatible with what and I didn't want to spend what a complete 4820 system cost, I ended up straightening and rebuilding my 4500 jack myself (for the time being). I also found that the Reico Titan system handles about the same weight as the 4820 and was selling at that time for a bit less. If all your jacks need is re-greasing, there is a good video out there at http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/22881036.cfm . I've seen a few posts that say happijac will refurbish them for you.
Joe417 01/03/22 10:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance 2001 920 truck camper

Ron I think Kayteg1 is talking about looking at the other outlets to see if you find a loose wire that exits a receptacle going (possibly) to the one that doesn't work. Many TC use insulation displacement receptacles where the wire is pressed into the outlet. Very similar to a Scotch lock connector. These aren't necessarily great connections. Also, make sure you check the one the fridge is plugged into.
Joe417 12/20/21 08:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Lance 2001 920 truck camper

If it goes behind the fridge, it may run from the receptacle in the outside fridge compartment. I'm just guessing. The TCs I've had only had 3 circuits. A left and right 110V receptacle circuit and the air conditioner. You can pick up a wall scanner that has stud, metal, and AC scan to trace the path. On our TC, both circuits have a GFI. One of those could be tripped.
Joe417 12/20/21 10:59am Truck Campers
RE: North Star 650

Back in 2012, I took out a 9" mattress and put in a high density 6" foam mattress in our previous camper to give us enough head room. Liked it so well we moved it to our current camper when we purchased it. Worked great for us. Our camper didn't have under bed storage.
Joe417 12/09/21 11:56pm Truck Campers
RE: 3500 CC Running boards?

I'm speculating that Dodge/RAM/FIAT (my sister-in-law always corrects me if I say Dodge) offers something similar to GM. (I'm stuck in the past, I also call Nissans Datsun). I put a set of what GM calls work truck running boards on mine. They were all black, which matched my new(a year ago) truck which is gray and has no chrome except the wheels. They run the length of the cab. The step is very solid, the surface is a texture that is very non-slip, and they bolt to existing mounting locations with no adapters. They also cost less than many of the cheap aftermarket steps.
Joe417 12/04/21 10:13am Truck Campers
RE: Roof concern?

Our 2001 Jayco has had a few of those since new. It hasn't caused any issue and hasn't gotten any worse. I have seen RVs traveling down the road blown up like others have mentioned. I would guess they had some type of water damage to have the adhesive let go completely. I would check to see if it is looser than the wrinkles in the picture and check for cracks in the caulk. If it isn't any looser than what the picture shows, I wouldn't worry but would keep a check on it until sure it isn't a water leak. It's in a place that can be re-glued. Just a lot of caulk and putty to remove.
Joe417 08/24/21 11:06am Truck Campers
RE: Mattress

We bought an extra firm 6" memory foam mattress from Walmart. We like it.
Joe417 07/08/21 05:03pm Truck Campers
RE: New to truck camping - Palomino HS 2902 with flatbed?

The sides are hinged to fold down. The sides are probably strong enough but the hinges may not be strong enough to tie the camper to. You might check with the bed mfg. to see what they say their side rail hinge can handle. If they don't rate the hinge strong enough or you aren't comfortable with the specs, you will need to use some type of tie down that connects to the bed or frame of the truck. I think I would probably weld couple of heavy D rings to each side of the bed. That would allow them to fold down when you aren't using them. I have seen some who tie the camper down with ratchet straps like those used on tractor trailers. They have a hook that would go under the edge of the bed. You would need to be careful not to tighten them too tight. I think the pressure that Fastguns put on the camper, when installed per the instructions, is about 300lbs.
Joe417 06/26/21 10:58am Truck Campers
RE: Help! Water under the skin, delamination and damage.

I bought an 05 990 in 2011 or 2012, I've forgotten when. It had leaks in several locations. I planned to repair all the issues "next winter". I did maintenance and stopped all the leaks. I repaired the rotten areas under the battery box and gas compartment. I also replaced the bottom cover under the basement. I never got around to repairing the front cap. After stopping all the leaks we have used it year after year. The skin of the front cap and beneath the bed is backed only by card board. Once it dried it still had a few waves/ripples in it but wasn't rotten and it hasn't fallen apart. The only thing that I had to do was get the musty/rotten wood smell out, which turned out to be the two spots of rot on the wings. I think that would have dried too but I had no choice, the wife said so. You need to stop the leaks first. No silicon. I use Dicor but any of the usual camper sealers will work. On my AF, the front cap leaks were the clearance lights. If you are handy with repairs, you can repair it to better than factory, but it does take a little work. In 2010 I replaced the roof and front cap on one with my wife's help. It took us 3 months of week ends. There were a lot of examples on RV.net but they may no longer be available as we've lost photo storage servers. I'm sure if you ask specific questions someone can help. I forgot to mention, 100% of the info you get on this web site is opinion, including mine, so read up on what you need to fix before drilling and cutting. One opinion rather than another may be better for your particular need. Once you've taken a particular route it may be hard to recover.
Joe417 04/26/21 08:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed Torklift on Short Bed? 2004 F250

If you have them they may work. I put a set of 02 Chevy torklifts on my 08 Chevy. I had to drill one hole on each of the front mounts. All other holes lined up. They have been working great for 12 years.
Joe417 04/19/21 09:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Happi Jacks

devildog1971 You can swap two of the motors from jack to jack. If the failure moves with the motor you know which is the problem. If the failure doesn't move with the motor, you then have to swap the location of two of the jacks with motors. That will determine if the mechanical jack is the problem or the controller. The new Happijacks are current sensing for control. When the jack reaches the max in either direction, the controller senses excess current and stops the jack by removing power from the motor. It is common if the mechanical portion of the jack is bent slightly, the motor will pull more current. You are still able to operate the jack manually. I have the old happijacks which have a clutch mechanism which slips(making the ratcheting noise) when the jack reached the maximum. If they draw too much current it blows a fuse in the controller. I had two jacks on our TC doing this. Disconneted the motors from the jacks and they ran fine. I straightened them last year and all are working again.
Joe417 02/25/21 09:38pm Truck Campers
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